Overlooked: The best teachers in the world

Me and Hanna

When I first met my wife Jeanette 11 years ago – I saw something in her I had never seen in a woman. Beauty? Yes, she was and is very beautiful. But she was not aware of it in a “I´m walking around knowing the world is watching me”-way. I value that a lot. That´s confidence at the core level of a human being. But there was more – an extremely high intelligence – on an emotional level.

And, boy there was a LOT more to come – but not in a way I could possibly imagine!

Anyway, I asked her out on a date. It was a gorgeous summer day. Not a single cloud. The heat was intense as I parked my shiny new black Camaro outside the hair-dresser and turned off the engine roar. She was a moral support for a friend getting her hair done that day and I was excited to meet her.

The door opened – and there she was… What the F—???

She had two dogs! Two small gremlin looking French Bulldogs. And all three were heading towards my car with a big smile! The car I´ve spent 2 hours cleaning and polishing! What should I do? Pretend I´m a lost tourist? Make a getaway?

I did the right thing.

I smiled, went out of my car and opened the passenger door. Gosh – lucky me – three for the price of one!

Hanna 10 weeks

To cut a long story short, I´ve never had dogs in my life before. Especially not the farting ones that spoil every second of a the cool looking-dude-look in a black american car. (No, Wonderbaums didn´t help) And definitelly not the ones that eat the entire backseat of a car. (That wasn´t the Camaro by the way)

As time went by, I started to develop feelings for these small creatures. They were both special and unique in their own way. We then got a Boxer, then another one – and now just a couple of months back we rescued a Greyhound baby girl from a dogpound on Ireland. Someone threw that cute puppy away in the woods – to die. All our dogs are special, but this one really is a miracle. The joy in her eyes – that´s just priceless. Certainly worth the fact that she loves to infiltrate the washing machine and shred my underwear into small pieces!

Unbeatable sleeping style!

Today, I wouldn´t want to live without dogs. They are the best friends and teachers in the world. Of what?
Well, three things.

1. To give

For many years in my live, I was a GIMME GIMME GIMME person. How cute is that? I just wanted things. And I wanted them NOW. Today, it´s different – it´s the total opposite. That´s something I´ve learned by having dogs around me – one of the most valuable life lessons I´ve ever learned.

2. Love

Dogs love you no matter if you have bad morning breath, look like crap before taking the shower – and even when you´re tired. It´s UNCONDITIONAL. So, if you´re ever want to learn more about love – get a dog. Spoil it. Give it love. And you´ll be amazed! To learn to love is a wonderful thing. I see things I´ve never saw before. And I appreciate life a whole lot more.

Taking a walk in the park

3. To be present in the moment

Here´s where dogs excel us humans BIG TIME. They know how to be present in the moment. Have you watched a dog in the eyes, when you´re about to throw them a toy? The focus? The 100% presence? It´s unbeatable. NOTHING else exists. Just you and the toy. It´s really wonderful. What dogs have taught me – is to stay in the present. To see the small details and be happy about them.

So what does all this have to do with 3D? EVERYTHING!

If you blend all those three things together, you´ll elevate ANYTHING in your life to a new level. Whether it´s your relationships, your art or your business – those three things have an HUGE impact.

With that said – dogs are the best teachers in the world! 🙂

Now, it´s 18 degrees Celcius, the snow has melted away – the sun is shining once again – and I´m taking my family on a date! 🙂

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10 Responses to “Overlooked: The best teachers in the world”

  1. YourSunshineGirl April 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    And here I thought I was finally going to meet Jeanette. Nice lesson. Thank you and say hello to Jeanette for me and thank her for all she does for us too:)

  2. Sandy April 27, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    The only time I have not had a dog was when my life was too chaotic to care for one.. then I had to give my dog away for his own sake.
    That was painful, but necessary. Would have been cruel to keep him. Even that was a lesson in itself.. it taught me that my wants are not the most important thing in the world.
    But since my life has been stable, dogs have always been with me.
    I cannot imagine life without dogs.

  3. Waldemar Belwon April 28, 2010 at 12:03 am #

    Hey YSG – hehe – just the furry ladies in here! 🙂 Jeanette says hi and thank you!

    Sandy – Sorry to hear about your dog. You have an important point. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Eddy May 1, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Lovely blog. I only wish I had the financial resources to be blessed with a best friend 🙂

  5. Eddy May 1, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Oh yeah, please do write more. 😀 😀

  6. jakiblue May 1, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    Laughed so hard at your description of the first date – priceless! And how awesome was Jeanette and her “love me, love my dogs, so if you want a date with me, mister, you take ALL of us!” attitude?? Love it!

    But if I say I’m more of a cat person than a dog person, do I have to run and hide from you?? 😀

  7. Waldemar Belwon May 1, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    Jaki, yeah – talk about a blonde with an attitude… 😀 In fact, I appreciate all animals. I had 4 cats before! After a while, I got a little annoyed by them hanging in the curtains though…

    How about yours?

  8. Mike Lewis May 2, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    What a delightful perspective Walle!

    You are indeed a philanthropic philosopher!

    Great lessons for us all to learn.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Mike

  9. Waldemar Belwon May 3, 2010 at 2:22 am #

    Thank you Mike!

  10. Maria Luisa Delprato May 3, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    How true!! Beautiful story, thanks for sharing it.

    Have a great day!
    Maria

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